Wikileaks' Domain Gets 'Killed'
After getting dropped by Amazon's web hosting service yesterday, Wikileak was booted today from its Domain Name Service provider. Now Wikileaks is down again, and effectively homeless.
In a statement, EveryDNS says they were forced to terminate their relationship with Wikileaks to protect stability for other customers:
...wikileaks.org has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure, which enables access to almost 500,000 other websites.
Thus, last night, at approximately 10PM EST, December 1, 2010 a 24 hour termination notification email was sent to the email address associated with the wikileaks.org account.
It adds, "Any downtime of the wikileaks.org website has resulted from its failure to use another hosted DNS service provider." A site like Wikileaks needs a DNS service provider to keep its domain name up and running. With non-functioning domain name, Wikileaks now risks becoming "a digital refugee," as tech writer Evgeny Morozov tweets.
Regardless of the motives behind EveryDNS' decision, we should keep in mind it's a free service... maybe Wikileaks should have used some of their hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to get a backup? Now Julian Assange will have to release all the cables in Facebook status updates.